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// Tesla stops including chargers with cars

Tesla has done an Apple. The electric vehicle manufacturer has stopped including charging equipment with the purchase of one of its vehicles.

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// Lotus is set to make an electric sedan

Lotus has announced it’s making an electric sedan to rival the Porsche Taycan and Audi RS E-Tron GT

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// Rivian’s slow start

Rivian’s EV factory is off to a slow start, mainly due to ongoing microchip shortages, says Bloomberg, which was given a tour of Rivian’s Normal, Illinois, factory by chief executive RJ Scaringe.

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// Worker dies in port fall

Multiple investigations are underway after the fatal incident at the Auckland site.

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// Green hydrogen talks part of PM’s trade mission to Japan, Singapore

Creating a green hydrogen economy is among discussion topics as prime minister Jacinda Ardern meets with officials in Singapore and Japan as part of a week-long trip.

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// Genesis gives us a look into their EV future with a striking concept

Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand and not the electricity company, revealed its take on the EV sports sedan world at the…

// Toyota finally adding manual transmission to Supra

Toyota is finally giving Supra fans what they have been asking for – a manual transmission.


INTERNATIONAL EV NEWS // TODAY’S BEST STORIES

// Vinfast prices 2023 VF 8 and VF 9 around mandatory battery leasing: Here’s how it works

Vinfast plans to be the first automaker to offer a battery subscription program in the U.S. with a tiered monthly fee structure, and the Vietnamese automaker has also announced new starting prices for both the VF 8 and VF 9 SUVs.

// BMW CEO Once Again Warns That Going All-In On EVs Is Not A Good Idea

Oliver Zipse said at the New York Auto Show there was still a market for ICE cars, adding that companies should not focus only on EVs.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Fraudster strikes at used-car dealers

Warning after the suspect has been falsely posing as a vehicle buyer for a dealership in a spate of thefts targeting Audis.

// Truck dealers lose Iveco sales as brand consolidates

Nelson-based Star Trucks International, Hamilton-based Wholesale Commercial Vehicles (Waikato Iveco), and AdvanceQuip in Otago and Southland will cease sales

// Port hit by supply chain problems

Disruptions to shipping services and staff shortages caused by Covid hurt trade.

// BP accelerates EV charging

DC fast charger manufacturer Tritium has signed a multi-year contract with BP for the supply of chargers and related services to support BP’s global EV charging network,


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